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Seven-Run 6th Inning Rallies Softball Over ECC, 9-5

Seven-Run 6th Inning Rallies Softball Over ECC, 9-5 image

Trailing 5-0 through four innings, the Pasadena City College softball team rallied for two runs in the fifth and exploded for seven more in the sixth to propel the Lancers past El Camino College, 9-5, in a South Coast Conference game Tuesday at Robinson Park.

The Lancers (5-11 overall) won their second straight conference game to move to 2-3 in the SCC while the Warriors (2-11) remain winless in conference play at 0-5.

PCC started its comeback with a 2-run homer to right by rightfielder Maycee Murphy in the bottom of the fifth. It was the team's eighth round-tripper of the season.

In the sixth, third baseman Jessica Hernandez led off with a double and scored on a two-base throwing error on a grounder to second hit by catcher Brooke Maclean. After a basehit by winning pitcher Danielle Lugo, second baseman Jessica Chavez drove in Maclean with a RBI groundout to second base, cutting it to 5-4. Following a single by first baseman Samantha Perez, Lugo would score to tie the game when centerfielder Nikki Salas reached on a two-base throwing error by the ECC third baseman.

The Lancers' momentum would continue with shortstop Nancy Perales lining a single up the middle to drive in two runs and giving PCC a 7-5 lead. Leftfielder Kayla Moore later ripped a 2-RBI single to right to cap the rally.

PCC's relievers shut the door on El Camino as Lugo hurled two innings of no-hit ball to record her first win of 2011. Earlier, Adrianna Stevens came to the rescue of starter Moore by throwing 3-2/3 innings of 3-hit relief.

Offensively, the Lancers totaled 12 hits as Murphy, Moore, Hernandez, Perales, and Salas (doubled just short of the left-center field fence) each had two hits.

Poor defense by Pasadena had helped stake El Camino its 5-0 lead. The Warriors scored a run in the first thanks to a dropped popup by Moore, then added four runs in the second aided by a 2-run throwing error by Maclean, whose throw to first hit the back of runner and ECC pitcher Mea Flores. Overall PCC committed four errors, but also had at least three instances of fielding miscommunication that gave the Warriors' free bases.

"Murphy's homer woke the team up," said PCC Head Coach Josh Musselman. "We made some adjustments at the plate against Flores in the sixth. It was nice to see us finally rally to win a game. I was pleased with all three of our pitchers. We know we have the offense to compete, but now we are starting to receive some clutch pitching."

The Lancers host LA Harbor Thursday, Mar. 3 in a 2 p.m. conference start at Robinson Park.

[Photo--Lefty hitter Maycee Murphy gets ready for a pitch during PCC's 9-5 win over El Camino at Robinson Park Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/01/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu